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Norris to Make Debut at Texas Motor Speedway

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  JR Norris, Silverado 350K

Norris to Make Debut at Texas Motor Speedway

Sandra Vorse
Billy Ballew Motorsports
October 27, 2007

‘Texas Based McKinney Pipe & Steel to Sponsor the No. 15’

For Immediate Release

Fort Worth, Texas, (October 27, 2007) - JR Norris, developmental driver for Billy Ballew Motorsports, will make his career first start at the Texas Motor Speedway Friday, November 2, for the running of the Chevy Silverado 350K NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

Norris, the 2006 NASCAR Southeast Series Champion, made his career Craftsman Truck Series debut at the Gateway International Raceway September 1 starting in the 13 place position and posting a 16th place finish. Friday, Norris will pilot the No. 15 Craftsman Truck in the 146 laps, 219 miles on the 1.5-mile race track in Fort Worth Texas.

Primary sponsor for Norris will be Texas based McKinney Pipe & Steel. McKinney Pipe and Steel is owned by a big supporter of Norris, Jan Richardson. Her son Robert raced with him in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division and are still good friends. Robert Richardson, Sr. told Norris if he ever had the opportunity every racer hopes to get a shot at, he’d see what he could do to help. Well, Norris had the opportunity with Ballew for Texas and Richardson kept his word. The Richardson’s are no strangers to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as they were 2006 team owners of the No. 1 Chevrolet Silverado team. Robert Richardson, Jr., made his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2006 and in 2007, races the No. 28 Jay Robinson Racing NASCAR Busch Series car.

“I have to thank the whole Richardson family for their support,” Norris said. “I had this opportunity with Billy and they were right there to make it happen. Robert and I became friends racing together in the Elite Series. Rob’s family is very kind and I really am thankful for the opportunity they are giving me with McKinney Pipe & Steel sponsoring the No. 15. I plan on giving it my all to bring home a good finish for them on Friday night. I am really looking forward to racing this weekend making my second start for Billy Ballew Motorsports. Coming off the win with Kyle (Busch) in the No. 51 last week, everyone is still pumped up so I think that we’ll both have some pretty stout trucks. I know in Texas you will see a lot of side by side racing because of the multiple grooves so it should be an exciting race for both the fans and drivers.”

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado 350K 146 lap, 219 mile race is slated for Saturday, November 2. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:00 CT (9pm ET) and will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7:30pm CT (8:30pm ET). Live radio broadcast can be heard on MRN Radio, XM-Satellite and all their affiliate stations.

For more information on Billy Ballew Motorsports and JR Norris visit www.BillyBallewMotorsports.com and www.JRNorris.com.

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